light breaking broken


A creative collaboration by Karen Jamieson and Margaret Grenier

Peeling back the layers of the unknown, and forging a path to understanding, light breaking broken is the personal journey of two artists reconnecting with language, culture, and identity. With different cultural perspectives and individual histories, Jamieson and Grenier (Dancers of Damelahamid) use their distinct dance styles to push each other’s boundaries and find an opening to the light.

Through collaborations with Margaret Harris (Elder Advisor), Josh Hite (Video Artist), John Korsrud (Composer), DD Kugler (Dramaturg), Betsy Lomax (Elder Language Carrier), James Proudfoot (Lighting Designer) exploration is extended into intersecting narratives in time and space: broken historical narratives and contemporary connections of hope.

A work-in-progress showing took place March 1, 2016 as part of the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at the Museum of Anthropology under the working title Light Breaking Through BROKEN.


March 23, 24, 25, 2017
Vancouver International Dance Festival
Note: These are 5:00pm shows at the new KW basement Production Studio


March 30, 31, April 1, 2017
Native Earth | DanceWorks Presents
Niimi'iwe Indigenous Dance Double Bill
with the NDN way - Brian Solomon Electric Moose Prod.

A Karen Jamieson Dance & Dancers of Damelahamid Production

Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Hamber Foundation and Individual Donors to KJD